unavoidable casualty

noun

Legal Definition of unavoidable casualty 

: unavoidable accident also : an unavoidable circumstance that prevents the timely performance of a procedural act (as the filing of an answer) by a party or the party's lawyer — compare excusable neglect

Note: As with excusable neglect, showing evidence of unavoidable casualty will relieve a party from a default judgment or a time limit.

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